Engineering Oval: A Convergence of Opportunity
NC State University engineers continue to change the world through groundbreaking research that solves society's greatest challenges. Our students benefit from a hands-on educational experience integrating research and education that prepares future generations of leaders and fuels the high tech economy of North Carolina and the nation.
The Engineering Oval building is the crucial next step in the College of Engineering's move to Centennial Campus, providing critical infrastructure that allows faculty members and students to leverage the power of convergence across disciplines in an atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the nation.
NC State's Centennial Campus provides a unique research park environment that catalyzes entrepreneurship and innovation in the College of Engineering. The state-of-the-art engineering buildings and their close proximity to industry and government facilities on Centennial Campus foster and facilitate innovation in research and education through partnership opportunities and inspire and enable faculty and students to address the grand challenges of 21st century society.
Why Build A New Engineering Building?
Engineering at NC State is a powerful driver of economic impact for North Carolina and the nation. NC State's engineering graduates not only dominate the state's highly skilled workforce at companies such as Cree, SAS and IBM; they also create jobs by developing new technologies, launching innovative companies and bringing cutting-edge products to market. NC State's College of Engineering is critical in attracting businesses and industries to North Carolina.
Demand for engineering and computer science degrees has never been higher. The high tech economy of North Carolina and the nation demands a steady flow of engineering graduates to maintain the nation's leadership in a global economy.
Currently, NC State produces more than 2,300 engineers and computer scientists each year, the 10th highest number of engineering degrees in the nation. The College of Engineering continues to grow to help meet demand. In the past 10 years, engineering undergraduate enrollment has grown by 22 percent, and graduate enrollment has more than doubled.
Who Will Use Engineering Oval?
Engineering Oval will serve as a home for the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Innovators from these departments will use additional classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories to further research and education excellence in areas of critical societal need:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Rapid prototyping
- Health systems engineering
- Construction engineering and management
- Environmental engineering
- Transportation systems and other fields of great societal impact
Engineering Oval will also house the dean's administrative offices.
How Will We Make Engineering Oval a Reality?
NC State University made Engineering Oval a top-priority capital project for the university in 2014. Using the state flexibility for public-private partnerships to finance construction, NC State set out an ambitious plan to raise private funds for construction of Engineering Oval while lobbying for state funding to support half of the $150 million needed to complete the building.
In fall 2015, the North Carolina legislature passed critical legislation that supports the construction of Engineering Oval: $2 million in planning funds, included in the biennial budget and a $75 million allocation included in the Connect NC bond referendum. On March 15, 2016, North Carolinians voted to pass the bond referendum ensuring that $77 million in public funds are available to build Engineering Oval.
Fundraising for the private funds needed to complete Engineering Oval has been under way with excellent success. Alumni and friends of the College of Engineering have pledged substantial leadership gifts in support of Engineering Oval construction. However, the College still needs to raise about $40 million in private funds to reach its goal and fully fund Engineering Oval.
For information on how to support Engineering Oval, please contact Lora Bremer, executive director of major gifts and campaign planning for the NC State Engineering Foundation at (919) 513-0983 or email@example.com.
Glimpse into the Future
The video below describes the location and potential look and feel of the Engineering Oval building on Centennial Campus.